Hydropower Electricity Generation Training System (8010-G)

The Hydropower Electricity Generation Training System examines the large-scale production of electricity from hydro power using a synchronous generator, a proven technology long used worldwide by power utilities. The training system first introduces the student to the configuration of a typical hydropower plant. The student then learns how to adjust the voltage and frequency of the synchronous generator in a hydropower plant, as well as how to synchronize the generator using a synchro-check relay. The training system concludes with a study of the automatic speed (frequency) and voltage regulation systems used in a hydropower plant. The training system also includes an optional exercise dealing with the operation of hydropower generators connected in parallel as well as with load sharing.

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Features & Benefits

  • Realistic control functions implemented using the Data Acquisition and Control Interface and Four-Quadrant Dynamometer via the LVDAC-EMS software allow for a perfect emulation of hydropower plant setup.
  • The course curriculum of the Electric Power Technology Training Program is highly flexible and allows a multitude of different customized training solutions.
  • The courseware includes student manuals and instructor guides with all the theory required to perform the hands-on experiments.
  • All workstations, modules, and components are sturdy and protected against electrical damage to ensure a prolonged service life in a demanding environment such as a training laboratory.
  • The modular design approach of the training equipment allows a large variety of courses to be performed using a small number of modules, without unnecessary duplication of equipment.
  • All electrical components can be interconnected without electric shock hazard since all live parts of the connection leads are concealed and insulated.
  • All electrical symbols representing the components used in a laboratory exercise are clearly silk-screened on the front panel of the modules.
  • The training system includes two highly versatile USB peripherals:
    • Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply, Model 8960-2. This module is used as a solar panel emulator with a large variety of configurable parameters.
    • Data Acquisition and Control Interface, Model 9063. This module gives access to a large variety of computer-based measuring instruments and is used to control the power thyristors bridge that regulates the generator voltage with the AVR. All functions are implemented via the LVDAC-EMS software.
  • Software upgrades for LVDAC-EMS and firmware upgrades for the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply and Data Acquisition and Control Interface are available for download free of charge on the Festo Didactic website.

Topic Coverage

  • Fundamentals of Hydropower Electricity Generation: types of power plants, main components, advantages and disadvantages, …
  • Generator Frequency and Voltage Control Principles
  • Operation of a Synchro-Check Relay and Generator Synchronization
  • Generator Operation with Speed and Voltage Regulation
  • Speed and Voltage Regulation with Droop
  • Generator Parallel Operation and Load Sharing (this topic requires 2 complete setups to collaborate)

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